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The Pioneer BDR-101A Blu-ray recorder
$1000 burning a hole in your pocket?

For those who cannot wait to get on the Blu-ray train, Pioneer's BDR-101A PC Blu-ray recorder is just starting to trickle into the retail channel.  Tiger Direct has just listed the BDR-101A for sale at a mere $999.99.  Many analysts had speculated that Pioneer would drop the price of the BDR-101A significantly after NEC and Toshiba both announced PC HD-DVD recorders for under $500. 

The HD-DVD camp currently does not have a recordable device, nor media, but Toshiba currently has the only next-generation set top player available on the retail market, the HD-DVD Toshiba HD-A1 -- though the Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player is also expected to show up at your local Fry's, eventually.

Pioneer announced the device several months ago at the Consumer Electronics Expo 2006 in Las Vegas.  Recordable media was announced a few weeks ago, with single layer 25GB once-recordable discs checking in at $48, and re-recordable discs coming in at $60.

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the price is about what I thought
By IMPoor on 5/18/2006 12:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
At $1000 it is expensive but remember it is brand new. Both CD and DVD burners where actually more expensive when they first came out. That was the same for the media. The good thing is I am confident the price will drop much faster than they did with the cd and dvd burners and media. By the end of the year there will be a bunch of brands out there and the prices will be closer to $500. then a year from now we will all start buying them when the price drops again.

By bob661 on 5/18/2006 2:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
More than likely I'll pick up a bluray player next summer if it comes in under $500 with some 2nd gen features and fixes. If it doesn't get cheaper than I'll go with 2nd gen HD-DVD. There seems to more titles for HD-DVD anyways.

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